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Taoist Carved Wood Architectural Figure China Ming Era

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Collection No. T-4005
Size Height 71cm x 60cm
Taoist Carved Wood Architectural Figure China Ming Era
Taoist Carved Wood Architectural Figure China Ming Era

This beautifully carved Taoist / Daoist Architectural Support Figure from China in the form of a young person riding an elaborate dragon figure (in English this figure might be a called an Angel).  You can see the square place below the hand where a beam of wood had gone and it fit into a larger structure.  A very knowledgeable Asian Art expert told me that the Angel Deity is wearing Ming-era clothing. The Ming dynasty officially was the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644.  You can see the great skill of the artist with the finely carved figure really looking as if they are riding the dragon suspended in air.  When you look closely at the photos you can see traces of the original thick paint which was probably lacquer based.  This carving was likely in the interior corner of a temple or shine as you can see where it had a beam fit into the square just under the hand.  This beautiful artwork should be seen with your own eye to get to full appreciation, the photos don’t show the third-dimensional aspects. Please come see it in person at my gallery in Sydney Australia.

Provenance:  Japanese collection before 1940.  Old Australian Collection. The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic and Asian Art.

See the photo of my Exhibition Catalogue:  The Art of Compassion:  Buddhist Art from The Todd Barlin Collection 2018

If anyone knows of a drawing or photo of how this figure sat in the larger structure I would be very grateful to know how it fits into the structure?


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